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Gerry Adams: pariah turned peacemaker

Dublin - Northern Ireland's Gerry Adams, who is expected on Saturday to announce plans to step down as leader of Sinn Fein, went from being the political voice of the Irish Republican Army to an instrumental peacemaker.

Elizabeth II, Prince Philip celebrate 70 years married

London - He accepted living in her shadow. She forgave his periodic gaffes.Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary on November 20, marking 70 years since they married in the splendour of Westminster Abbey.

UK pushes for trade talks to solve N.Ireland border issue

Dublin - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday called on Brussels to move on to post-Brexit trade talks to solve the Irish border issue, despite a warning from the EU that London still had work to do.

Prince's vision spurs new Cornwall coastal village

Newquay - In his long wait to become Britain's king, Prince Charles has pursued his passion for architecture. His latest brainchild is a new neighbourhood in a deprived area of Cornwall in England's southwestern corner.

UN head warns on rights, stereotypes in terror fight

London - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned governments Thursday to remember their rights and obligations when tackling terrorism -- and rounded on the media for "demonising" minorities.

UK denies link between £400m debt to Iran and prisoner

London - Britain on Thursday denied any link between a longstanding debt of £400 million ($530 million, 450 million euros) to Iran and the fate of a British woman jailed in Tehran, after a report cited diplomats saying the money could help secure her release.

UK voices hope but warns against new 'tyrant' in Zimbabwe

London - Britain on Wednesday expressed cautious optimism after the military took control of Zimbabwe, but warned against any transition "from one unelected tyrant to the next".

'Mutineers' hit back as tensions rise over Brexit bill

London - Lawmakers from British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative party reacted angrily Wednesday after a newspaper labelled them "mutineers" for challenging the government's Brexit legislation, saying they would only fight harder.

UK cyber security chief blames Russia for hacker attacks

London - Russia has launched cyber attacks on the UK media, telecoms and energy sectors in the past year, Britain's cyber security chief said Wednesday, amid reports of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum.

Uncle of Duchess of Cambridge pleads guilty to punching wife in the face

London - The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton's uncle pleaded guilty in a British court on Tuesday to punching his wife in the face during a drunken argument last month.

UK Govt wins first votes to amend key Brexit bill in Parliament

London - Britain's government survived the first parliamentary challenges to its Brexit bill on Tuesday evening, as MPs began voting on various amendments tabled on the landmark legislation.

British MPs warn of 'catastrophic' customs failure after Brexit

London - Britain's customs system needs extra funding to prepare for an expected five-fold increase in work after Brexit, a group of MPs said on Tuesday, warning that failure to adapt in time would be "catastrophic".

Embattled PM embarks on parliamentary Brexit clash

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May begins a major parliamentary battle over Brexit on Tuesday, facing competing demands by MPs to change her strategy as tensions rise among her scandal-hit ministers.

Russia will fail in efforts to undermine West: British PM

London - Russia will not succeed in efforts to sow discord in the West, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday.

'Viable' pipe bomb found in Northern Ireland town: police

London - A viable pipe bomb was found near a war memorial in the Northern Irish town Omagh ahead of a Remembrance Sunday parade, police confirmed.

Britain's Queen steps down from Remembrance Sunday role

London - Queen Elizabeth II took a significant step back from official duties on Sunday, leaving heir to the throne Prince Charles to lay a tribute to Britain's war dead on her behalf.

EU Brexit chief preparing for 'possible' failure

Paris - EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier said Sunday that he is making contingency plans for the "possible" failure of divorce talks with Britain, which he has given two weeks to reach preliminary agreement on key issues.

BBC pulls drama after rape claims against star Westwick

London - The BBC announced Friday it was pulling an Agatha Christie drama from its Christmas schedule after rape allegations were made against one of its stars, British actor Ed Westwick.

Peace brings hope for Colombia's biodiversity: Santos

London - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday hailed his country's peace deal with the FARC guerrilla group as a chance to preserve his country's biodiversity after decades of violence.

EU's Barnier gives Britain two-week Brexit deadline

Brussels - EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier on Friday handed Britain a two-week ultimatum to make concessions on a divorce agreement if it wants to unlock the next phase of talks in December.

EU calls for N. Ireland to stay in customs union after Brexit

Brussels - The EU called at Brexit talks this week for Northern Ireland to effectively stay in a customs union with the bloc to prevent a hard border with Ireland, officials and sources said Friday.

May names Brexit campaigner to replace ousted aid minister

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday promoted a junior minister to replace ousted aid secretary Priti Patel, avoiding a major personnel shuffle and maintaining the delicate Brexit balance in her cabinet.

Weakened May limps into delicate Brexit talks

London - Sexual harassment scandals, resignations, splits: Britain's government is looking increasingly fragile at a time when it should be operating at full throttle for Brexit negotiations, analysts said on Thursday.

EU warns Britain to speed up Brexit talks

Brussels - The European Union on Thursday warned Britain to reach a divorce deal by the end of the month to guarantee moving to trade negotiations, as Brexit talks resumed in Brussels.

Italian celebrity chef Carluccio dead at 80

London - Celebrity chef and restaurateur Antonio Carluccio, whose television programmes and books were credited with turning British households on to Italian cooking, died on Wednesday aged 80.

Jersey: low-tax hub on the EU frontier

London - The Channel island of Jersey has come under the spotlight with the publication of the "Paradise Papers", highlighting its status as a tax destination for multinational companies.

Business as usual in Jersey despite leaks storm

Saint Helier - With its seaside air and small-town charm, Jersey seems unperturbed by the storm over the Paradise Papers financial leaks in which it is named as the centrepiece of Apple's tax avoidance strategy.

Roman temple restored deep under City of London

London - A Roman temple has been restored to its original site seven metres below the City of London, using sound, lights and misty haze to bring the ruin back to life.

British PM hit by new scandal over minister's Israel meetings

London - Britain's aid minister faced the sack Wednesday over unauthorised meetings in Israel, as she became the latest cabinet member caught up in a whirlwind of scandals rocking Prime Minister Theresa May's government.

UK minister faces sacking calls over Israel meetings

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her aid minister back from a trip to Africa on Wednesday following a row over unauthorised meetings in Israel, prompting speculation she will be the second minister in a week to be sacked.
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